Pronunciation: (bāb), [key]
1. a baby or child.
2. an innocent or inexperienced person.
3. (usually cap.) Southern U.S.(used, often before the surname, as a familiar name for a boy or man, esp. the youngest of a family.)
a. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.a girl or woman, esp. an attractive one.
b. (sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., esp. by a male to a female).
5. babe in the woods, an innocent, unsuspecting person, esp. one likely to be victimized by others: Some highly informed people are mere babes in the woods where the stock market is concerned. Also,babe in the wood.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.